5 ways to listen better | Julian Treasure

5 ways to listen better | Julian Treasure

We are losing our listening. We spend roughly 60 percent of our communication time listening, but we’re not very good at it. We retain just 25 percent of what we hear. Now — not you, not this talk, but that is generally true. (Laughter) Let’s define listening as making meaning from sound. It’s a mental […]

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The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

The secrets of learning a new language | Lýdia Machová

I love learning foreign languages. In fact, I love it so much that I like to learn a new language every two years, currently working on my eighth one. When people find that out about me, they always ask me, “How do you do that? What’s your secret?” And to be honest, for many years, […]

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The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

The art of misdirection | Apollo Robbins

Do you think it’s possible to control someone’s attention? Even more than that, what about predicting human behavior? I think those are interesting ideas. For me, that would be the perfect superpower, actually kind of an evil way of approaching it. But for myself, in the past, I’ve spent the last 20 years studying human […]

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The walk from “no” to “yes” | William Ury

The walk from “no” to “yes” | William Ury

Well, the subject of difficult negotiation reminds me of one of my favorite stories from the Middle East, of a man who left to his three sons, 17 camels. To the first son, he left half the camels; to the second son, he left a third of the camels; and to the youngest son, he […]

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Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

Thoughts on humanity, fame and love | Shah Rukh Khan

Namaskar. I’m a movie star, I’m 51 years of age, and I don’t use Botox as yet. (Laughter) So I’m clean, but I do behave like you saw like a 21-year-old in my movies. Yeah, I do that. I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people back home in India who assume […]

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How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader | Alvin Irby

How to inspire every child to be a lifelong reader | Alvin Irby

As an elementary school teacher, my mom did everything she could to ensure I had good reading skills. This usually consisted of weekend reading lessons at our kitchen table while my friends played outside. My reading ability improved, but these forced reading lessons didn’t exactly inspire a love of reading. High school changed everything. In […]

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How sampling transformed music | Mark Ronson

How sampling transformed music | Mark Ronson

I’m assuming everyone here has watched a TED Talk online at one time or another, right? So what I’m going to do is play this. This is the song from the TED Talks online. (Music) And I’m going to slow it down because things sound cooler when they’re slower. (Music) Ken Robinson: Good morning. How […]

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Why we think it’s OK to cheat and steal (sometimes) | Dan Ariely

Why we think it’s OK to cheat and steal (sometimes) | Dan Ariely

I want to talk to you today a little bit about predictable irrationality. And my interest in irrational behavior started many years ago in the hospital. I was burned very badly. And if you spend a lot of time in hospital, you’ll see a lot of types of irrationalities. And the one that particularly bothered […]

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Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together

Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together

What I want to do today is spend some time talking about some stuff that’s giving me a little bit of existential angst, for lack of a better word, over the past couple of years. And basically, these three quotes tell what’s going on. “When God made the color purple, God was just showing off,” […]

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Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’ | James Flynn

Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents’ | James Flynn

We are going to take a quick voyage over the cognitive history of the 20th century, because during that century, our minds have altered dramatically. As you all know, the cars that people drove in 1900 have altered because the roads are better and because of technology. And our minds have altered, too. We’ve gone […]

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